Prospective Undergraduate Students
Engineers apply the basic principles of science and mathematics to solve problems in our everyday lives. Engineers build and design automobiles, airplanes, bridges and all of the other products that you use every day -- but there's so much more to engineering than that. Some engineers design new materials one molecule at a time, some hunt for new sources of energy, and others design and implement the technologies that make this Web page possible. If you're a problem solver, an education in engineering or computer science is the way to go.
International Experience Requirement
The Whitacre College of Engineering works to create highly skilled and well-rounded engineers with a global perspective. As a part of this initiative, students are required to have an international experience as part of their degree program. Through a minimum 6 – 8 weeks, students have the choice to study abroad, research abroad, intern abroad, or do a service project abroad. It is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity! We have seen this experience help students grow personally and academically, and we can't wait to see how it benefits you! Learn more here.
FIRST – First-Generation College Students
The ConocoPhillips Center for Engineering Enrichment and Diversity (CPCEED) First Generation College Student Mentor Program aims to help first-year and transfer students navigate through their first year of college. Many first-generation college students are unsure of the questions to ask or what and when they should be doing to be successful. Each student is matched with a mentor who is also first in their family to attend college and likely began as a mentee of the program. Students receive points by participating in activities that will lead them to a successful semester. These activities include, but are not limited to, meeting with their mentor, attending workshops on time management, study skills and/or professional development, meet their professors and advisors, participate in outreach and community service. Points make the students eligible to participate in the CPCEED banquet with ConocoPhillips and for additional scholarship opportunities separate from university, department, and college level.
Launch Your Future in Engineering (LYFE)
The first year can be a big adjustment. Sometimes you need a little guidance and encouragement to make feel confident. The LYFE Mentorship Program matches incoming first-year students to junior and senior-level peer mentors in the Whitacre College of Engineering to help participating first-year students navigate through the challenges you may encounter during their first year.
Women in Engineering Community
The Women in Engineering Program is sponsored by ConocoPhillips and seeks to support and encourage women students pursuing an engineering degree. Through a monthly lunch and learn, women engineering students come together for networking, community and a presentation by a woman engineering faculty member, practicing or retired women engineers. Guest speakers share personal and professional challenges and successes and give the community an opportunity to ask questions to better prepare themselves for the transition to full-time employment. Ultimately, the program strives to create an environment where students see themselves as an engineer without loss of sense of self.
Military and Veterans Community
Each month active military and veterans in the Whitacre College of Engineering are invited to come together as a community for lunch and fellowship. The college makes an active effort to listen and address any feedback for a smooth transition and experience as students pursue their engineering degree.
Your Vision Realized
At the Whitacre College of Engineering, our faculty, facilities, and academic support staff are ready to help you use your ideas and creativity to create new products and solve the complex problems that continue to confront us. The university, the college, and individual departments have scholarships that can help you fund your education and speed you on the path to your career. While the solutions to the world's problems involve an increasing amount of specialized knowledge, many of these fields have the same foundation and require similar problem solving capabilities and logical thinking. Whether you prefer to get your hands dirty, draw out the solution, or simply type up a storm, we have the right academic program at the right price.
Getting the Job
We know your primary reason for attending college: To get a great job! This is where the Engineering Opportunities Center (EOC) can help. Starting day one, jump into preparation by visiting the career center in the EOC. Set up a Job Grid account, career services software, where you can search for jobs, find tips, advice, and upcoming events. Join us for workshops to guide you from resume building to salary and negotiations and everything in between! Meet with Peer Career Advisors (PCA) for resume critiques, cover letter help, and elevator speech practice to be ready any time the opportunity arises. Schedule an appointment with career services staff for mock interviews and individual consultations on any questions as you go through your job search. Put this into practice through career services events including, but not limited to, workshops hosted by industry representatives, information sessions hosted by companies, job fair, and more! The opportunities are endless. From start-ups to multi-national companies, you will be sure to find your place.
Community is key to succeeding in engineering. University Student Housing offers a variety of learning communities to assist you in your studies. For men, Bledsoe and Sneed provide a learning community primarily for engineering students. Women, we recommend Knapp Hall for the learning community called Women in Science and Engineering (WISE).
Important Housing Registration Information
Engineering learning communities fill up fast! It is important to reserve your spot early. Rooms are booked on a first-come-first-serve basis. Late sign-ups can result in temporary rooms or housing outside of the engineering learning community.
We know you have a choice in where to pursue your education. We are happy to be one of them! We recommend deciding on your top two or three universities and register for housing and orientation. Complete the process so you have exactly what you want wherever you choose to go.
Buying the Right Computer
Getting the right computer to support your studies doesn't have to be stressful. We have a top-notch IT team that has detailed their recommendations on laptop specifications and laptops to make it easy. If you have questions reach out to Engineering IT Services.